Urban Forestry Seminar Travels to Springfield’s Urban Greenspaces

Students from this spring’s Urban Forestry Graduate Seminar (Forestry 697U) completed a field visit to Springfield’s urban core greenspaces on April 15, 2010. The informal session traveled through an urbanized neighborhood of the city, examining the natural features of the landscape, as they contribute to the quality of the urban ecosystem, as well as city life for Springfield’s residents. The field trip included stops at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, overlooking the city skyline of Springfield, the Federal Courthouse, featuring two of the City’s oldest trees, the Dr. Suess National Greenspace, and Court Square, one of the nation’s oldest public open space. Court Square is the location of the new UMass Design Center, which will include participation and contribution by students and faculty of the Department of Natural Resources Conservation.   The walking tour provided the class with a practical view of Springfield’s urban forest, which is the subject of the class’s semester project, “The State of Springfield’s Urban Forest”. This...
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4th Annual UMass Student Tree Climbing Competition

On Saturday April 24th, students in the Arboriculture & Community Forestry program held the 4th Annual UMass Student Tree Climbing Competition in Kendrick Park in Amherst. This year, the competition coincided with Arbor Day festivities in Amherst, and many residents stopped by to see the students compete. The competition consists of four events:  two speed climbs, a rope throw for accuracy, and a work climb in which competitors move around the tree to ring bells hung on branches with their handsaw, simulating a typical pruning situation. Eliot Beals and Vicki Pavao, both juniors in the program, won the men's and women's competition, respectively. Thirteen students competed, and several alumni returned to help judge and time the events. Alumni also donated $1,200 worth of prizes. "This was a great competition, a beautiful day, and great fun for everyone involved," said Brian Kane, faculty advisor for the competition.   Video of past competitions can be found at http://youtube.com/cladrastis. ...
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Students Lead Walk on Local Land Trust Property

UMass forestry students Keith DiNardo and Bianca Kubierschky lead a walk on a newly acquired tract known as the Dan Glazier Forest,  owned by the Rattlesnake Gutter Trust in Leverett, Massachusetts.  Twelve people participated on a Sunday afternoon and enjoyed several hours exploring the property. The students are working on an independent practicum conducting an inventory of the forest, creating maps, and proposing the location of a trail as part of a semester project. Above: Keith Dinardo and Bianca Kubierschky (5th and 6th from left) and the group enjoy the afternoon on the Dan Glazier Forest. At Left: Keith Dinardo shows visitors a unique rock formation deep in the Dan Glazier Forest owned by the Rattlesnake Gutter Trust....
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